ST. LOUIS -- And the last looked a lot like the first.
Ryan Theriot reclaimed the Cardinals' leadoff spot on Friday night for Game 7 of the World Series, returning to a lineup position he occupied for the bulk of the season's first four months. Theriot had been bumped out of the top spot with the arrival of Rafael Furcal. But with Furcal slumping, manager Tony La Russa made the move to drop Furcal to the No. 7 spot and use Theriot as the leadoff man against Rangers left-handed starter Matt Harrison.
"Furcal has been struggling," La Russa said. "I've been thinking about moving him just to take a little pressure off himself. He's putting too much on. We have Theriot, who's hit leadoff, and putting Furcal down seventh is a good spot because you can drive in a run there."
Theriot got the start at second over Nick Punto, while Skip Schumaker again started in center field in place of Jon Jay.